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Mercian monarchs used the small city and market town of Mansfield as a hunting base during the sixth century. Today, the surrounding Sherwood Forest and its famous Major Oak remain the main attractions in this market town 26kms north of Nottingham. Car hire in Mansfield is the most practical way to travel around this rural Nottinghamshire region. Just under 100,000 people call Mansfield home.
Who to Book With
Europcar, Enterprise, and Budget are among the best known car rental companies in Mansfield. Many of the city's vehicle rental facilities stand along the A617, otherwise known as Chesterfield Road, or near St Peter's Way in the heart of Mansfield. Online booking is available from both the major international providers and smaller independent companies like Value Car and Van Hire.
Best Time to Go
Mansfield's largest festival is Summer in the Streets, a lively festival of fairground rides, children's activities, and live music and dance performances held in the market square between June and August. Visitors should anticipate higher room and vehicle rental rates during this busy time of year.
Need to Know Essentials
The following documents are mandatory to collect your car hire:
- International Driving Permit or British driver’s license
- Another form of photo identification such as a passport
- Printed rental confirmation if possible
- The credit card used for the booking
England's longest 'A' road entirely within its own borders, the A38, has its northern terminus near Mansfield. The city is 29kms from the Newark-on-Trent A1 and just a 10-minute drive away from the M1 27, 28, and 29 junctions. Driving in Mansfield and the rest of Nottinghamshire is generally a breeze. Traffic and parking problems rarely occur in this city with a total of around 25 car parks.
Car rental remains the most efficient means of transportation in Mansfield and Nottinghamshire, but the city also contains about eight different taxi companies and a rail station. A new bus station is presently being built as part of a larger city regeneration scheme. The present bus station handles roughly 1,500 buses per day. Mansfield's main motorway, the A3, is the longest 'A' road entirely located within England's boundaries.
Mansfield was without a rail station for more than 30 years when the Robin Hood Line made its first run linking the tow to Workshop and Nottingham in 1995. Mansfield Town rail station is an easy walk from the town centre and passengers can check the National Rail website for the most accurate schedules.
Stagecoach is Mansfield's leading bus provider, but National Express, Trent Barton, and K&H Doyle also supply bus service to and around the town. The new bus station presently under construction will be conveniently situated steps from the market square at the Station Road car park. There will also be a pedestrian bridge between Mansfield's rail and new bus stations. The current bus station handles more than 16,000 passengers per day.
ACE - ABC and 6 Five 2 Taxis are merely two of the approximately eight taxi companies serving Mansfield. Only officially licensed Hackney Carriages may use the town's four taxi ranks. No advance booking is required to use Hackney Carriages, whose fare meters and charts are displayed prominently inside the vehicles. Private hire vehicles, on the other hand, must be pre-booked and do not always have meters.
Mansfield's major attractions are its three major parks and the market held in the town for over seven centuries. The River Maun runs through the largest of Mansfield's green spaces, Titchfield Park, but many local youth prefer Fisher Lane Park's skate plaza and summer children's rides. A war memorial and rocky bandstand are Carr Bank Park's major centrepieces. However, Robin Hood fans will undoubtedly want to drive to the nearby Sherwood Forest Country Park and city of Nottingham.
Sherwood Forest Country Park - Acorns still grow on the 800-year-old Major Oak tree in the middle of Sherwood Forest Country Park, a national nature reserve in the middle of Nottinghamshire's most famous forest. Many of the other 900 oak trees visitors will encounter along the self-guided Blue, Green and Red walking trails are a comparatively young five-centuries old.
Newstead Abbey - Lord Byron's famous home, is a former Augustinian priory 19kms north of Nottingham near the community of Hucknall. Sprawling gardens and a Byron museum are situated on the abbey grounds, but Byron's tomb lies within Hucknall Church at the end of the local high street.
Nottingham Castle - One of Nottingham's most famous landmarks, a Robin Hood statue, stands outside Nottingham Castle. The outer walls, gatehouse and underground caves are all that remain of this once impressive castle William the Conqueror first built in 1068. However, the castle's underground cave tours, museum and art gallery continue to attract countless visitors, especially during the annual Robin Hood pageant and Nottingham Beer Festival.